Smoothie Maker Reviews (frozen drink maker)

Do you have any comments pro or con? I was thinking about buying a machine to make something with a low carb count similar to a snow cone or a frozen coffee drink. Or am I wasting my time?

Thanks,
Cookwie from Richardson, TX

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June 23, 20060 found this helpful

IF YOU WANT SMOOTHIES OR FROZEN COFFEE DRINKS A BLENDER WILL WORK JUST AS WELL AS A SMOOTHIE MACHINE AND A BLENDER CAN BE USED FOR A VARIETY OF THINGS. I PERSONALLY CAN'T SEE INVESTING IN A MACHINE THAT MAKES ONLY SMOOTHIES AND I CAN'T USE IT FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE,BUT THAT'S JUST MY OPINION

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June 24, 20060 found this helpful

I agree with IMAQT - the blender is great for making smoothies - just add ice with your other ingredients. I use frozen fruit - strawberries, blueberries, etc. and it works very well. I can't see any point in getting a frozen drink maker.

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June 24, 20060 found this helpful

Everyone here is right-use a blender. I use mine every day for a protein shake in the AM

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June 27, 20060 found this helpful

I completely agree a quality blender is a better investment. I don't have enough room in my kitchen to have things that only perform one job each. Multi-tasking tools are the only way to go!

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June 27, 20060 found this helpful

Well, here's another point of view. My almost 30 yr old blender finally bit the dust so instead of replacing with another blender. I bought a smoothie machine. I figure I can use that for anything I would have done in the blender....most anything. I never used my blender much anyway and I also have one of those hand blenders if I need to use for a gravy or sauce or something. My machine was only $29 at Wal-Mart. It has a powerful motor, even so, I put crushed ice in it since I have the crushed setting on my in the door ice /water dispenser on the frig. I like the large capacity that the smoothie maker has. I used it a lot when I first got it and now it's stayed in the cupboard a while. I need to get it out and use again. The kids really enjoyed the yummy drinks I made just as much as I did!

I'm sure you can use a regular blender for smoothies and frozen drinks but the smoothie type blenders are not expensive and if you have the room to store it, why not?

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June 27, 20060 found this helpful

I have a smoothie maker and I love it. It crushes ice a lot better than my blender, and I have a powerful blender! I hardly use my regular blender at all anymore. I would recommend it if you have room to store it.

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April 20, 20100 found this helpful

I recently ordered an ice crusher online. I purchased this because I could not justify spending 100 dollars or more for something to crush ice. I already own a very good food processor that I use regularly. So, a blender just for ice did not make sense.

Anyway, I am thinking about a smoothie machine, however, I have read so many reviews and specs that I just do not know. Can someone give me some input about their purchases of smoothie machines? It probably seems foolish to buy a smoothie machine after I have already purchased an ice crusher! Oh well, we shall see.

Thanks in advance guys,

Carla

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